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Plurib.us is an evolving collaboration by Brian and Peter, begun in 2002.

A Firefox quirk/hack that needs to be exposed for what it is:  a hideous non-interface that has no right to exist.  (Browser in a tab)

first section here:
cow.neondragon.net/index.php/415-...

or type this in Firefox:
chrome://browser/content/browser.xul
Interesting after-effect of Google's 5% AOL purchase:  IM is going somewhere.

arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/...

(If you're confused, this analogy should clear things up: )
The situation is reminiscent of a Star Trek Next Generation episode where the eccentric ambassador Spock goes to Romulus in order to end the age-old conflict that separated the Vulcan and Romulan people.
Surprising stats on Nintendo DS sales.
news.com.com/Nintendo+DS+sa...

Besides advanced video games with sophisticated graphics and realistic actions, Nintendo focuses on games for women, adults and seniors--traditionally noncore segments for game makers--in a bid to expand the overall game-playing population.
New and improved, ajaxy Shrub of Conciousness:

plurib.us/shrubofconscio...
Neat fluid line drawing that tracks your mouse movements.  (needs Java)
eigelb.at/HP/Links/Speci...
This page is unbelievable.  You don't even have to scroll.  Just hold your mouse in one place and click when you see something interesting.  It's like an internet reading video game.  (After loading, give it a minute to start changing.)

digg.com/spy
Kittenwar is the reason for the internet.

kittenwar.com/

Just click on the cutest kitten!  Why waste your time doing anything else?
Setellite image of UK smoke:
esa.int/esaEO/SEMTBYVL...
Killer whales' blubber contains "pesticides, flame retardants and PCBs".  ewww.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/n...
If famous poets and dramatists wrote pieces using anagrams of their names as titles:  (Whole book!  CC licensed!)

yarnivore.com/francis/Holy_T...
Some convincing evidence that the EFF is totally nuts.  (Funny, URL, but not title, named "EFF needs to die".)

theregister.co.uk/2005/12/06/eff...
Unrelated internet things:

The first video game, from 1958 (surprisingly cool, needs real player):
bnl.gov/bnlweb/history...

Firefox or IE street poll video (Mostly because of the soundtrack, this video made me happy.  Needs QT.)
rocketboom.com/vlog/archives/...

Funny story of how the Apple "command" symbol came to be:
folklore.org/StoryView.py?p...
The tallest building in the world is also very pretty.

emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=3...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation completely gives up on the US copyright office's competency.  Perhaps the EFF is a little too sane for its own good.

business.newsforge.com/business/05/12...
Story, layer by layer, of the weather on Saturn's moon titan, all from readings from a single falling probe.

newscientist.com/article.ns?id=...
Every so often, I come across one of those websites where the owner has developed a Grand Unified Theory Of All Things, Including Plans For Protective Hats.  With article titles like, "Please Make the UN Do Its Job to counter mind control," and "Light energy, genes, and mind control projects controlling powerful family lines," it sounds like it would be hard to argue with these people.

rhfweb.com/
Firefox 1.5 is out.
mozilla.com/firefox/

A lesser known (and at this point totally unutilized) feature of Firefox 1.5 is its support for SVG (scalable vector graphics) files like these:

openclipart.org/clipart/animal...
openclipart.org/clipart/animal...
Interesting all-in-one music program.  Built on top of some Firefox code (XUL), some development affiliation with WinAmp.  Out in December.

songbirdnest.com/
World Digital Library.
... has a nice ring to it.

publicknowledge.org/news/breaking/...
A little insight on the "mouse hover" interface phenomenon.  (The web introduced it to the desktop.  Never thought of it that way.)

looksgoodworkswell.blogspot.com/2005/11/musing...

Funny, bad hover use:
webpagesthatsuck.com/mysterymeatnav...
"Why You Should Continue to Date Me: A Series of Charts and Graphs"

culturehole.com/dateweb/index....

Everyone knows, Ladies Love Data!  (via Grow-a-brain, whom I adore.)
Vonn Cummings Sumner paints neat, neat things.

vonnsumner.com/recent.htm
Two things:
First, it's Election Day.  Go vote for local offices.  The mayor of Minneapolis left me a voice mail saying he's counting on my vote.  Have you cast your ballot yet?

Second, bad national news.
today.reuters.com/news/newsArtic...
First paragraph:
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The U.S. government is aggressively taking action to protect Americans from terrorism but "we do not torture," President Bush said on Monday, responding to criticism of reported secret CIA prisons and the handling of terrorism suspects.


Subsequent paragraph:
Vice President Dick Cheney has been spearheading an effort on Capitol Hill to have the CIA exempt from an amendment by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain that would ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners.

The exemption would cover the secret prisons that the Post said were located in several eastern European democracies and other countries where key al Qaeda captives are being kept.


As I've previously noted, this administration has already stated that Bush's election gave them a mandate to torture prisoners.  I can't remember a politician ever lying more obviously, especially over something as egregious as this.

Someone, tell me what I can do to help stop this.
Whoa.  Straight from Memepool: demonbuster.com is here to help you with all your demon-removal needs, and they will also teach you how to steer clear of dark forces.  Article titles include, "Candles - Don't Burn Them; Get Them Out Of Your Home!" and "Dish washing and demons."  And, from my favorite,
BOYCE and BOICE are two demons that interfere with any electronic equipment, i.e., phone, computer, printer, automibile.

If something malfunctions, BIND UP these two demons, and command them to leave your equipment, in the name of Jesus.


They would also like to sell you Mary Kay cosmetics.  Apparently, they haven't read my groundbreaking article, "MARY KAY IS MANUFACTURED FROM GROUND-UP DEMONS!!"
Teens relate to the internet the way I think everyone should.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technolog...

Among other highlights:
Interestingly, the teenagers who blogged (52%) were more likely to care about copyright issues than those who did not blog.

"These teens were born into a digital world where they expect to be able to create, consume, remix, and share material with each other and lots of strangers," Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, told the BBC News website.


Also, this is a pretty broad (nothing new) introduction to Open Source, but it's on the front page of BBC News.  I think we're in some kind of cultural shift.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programme...
The Game is something you should probably know about.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_...

I see a reference to it about once every 3 weeks.
I've seen stories like this [lawsuits against the general public for file sharing] used as fodder for reasoning that copyright law isn't fulfilling its original purpose anymore;  normally I just think they're appealing to our emotions, but this just seems over the top.

publicknowledge.org/news/breaking/...
The push for universal support for the Open Document Format seems to be gaining a lot of momentum.

software.newsforge.com/software/05/10...

Moore says the move toward open standards is bigger than open source. "Although many of our current members have a history of serving in the open source community, it is important to make it clear that OpenDocument is not a proprietary versus open source issue." He adds that "big players" are joining the push for ODF, noting that Adobe has joined the OASIS Technical Committee that maintains OpenDocument, and Corel has plans to support ODF in the next iteration of WordPerfect.


Also, some shake-down on Massachusetts's demand for ODF support:
zdnetasia.com/news/software/...
Sony music CDs put unremovable "copy-protecting" virus on your computer;  blogger gets in a huff;  so does everyone else;  Sony says "sorry", but it's too late.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technolog...
As long as I'm posting recurring events, here are the results of this year's World Beard and Moustache Championships:

worldbeardchampionships.com/
November is National Novel Writing Month.  Write a bad novel over the next 30 days!

nanowrimo.org/
Landscapes + Meat =  Meatscapes

machineanimalcollages.com/Menus/MeatScap...
Court tells feds they can't track people by cell phones [potential human tracking devices] without probable cause.

wired.com/news/technolog...
Forbes magazine has a bunch of articles on the subject of communication by various well-known people, including Steven Pinker, Arthur C. Clarke, and Sid Meier (!).

forbes.com/2005/10/18/com...
Never seen before pattern in Saturn's F ring caused be a near-by moon.  (pic)

spaceref.com/news/viewpr.ht...
Scary MS monopoly grubbing -- Thankfully, these things are caught and corrected sometimes.
theregister.co.uk/2005/10/27/acc...

Strange article on Wikipedia, "Why Wikipedia isn't like Linux" -- It's funny this seems to be all over the press lately.  It's also funny that only recently have I been running into WP articles that haven't quite made my expectations.
theregister.co.uk/2005/10/27/wik...
OpenOffice 2.0 is released
trends.newsforge.com/trends/05/10/2...
A near-infrared image of the center of our galaxy.

antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap051023....

Apparently it is old news that a star was discovered orbiting a spot that (given certain measurable things about the star's orbit), many now believe is the super-massive black hole that holds our galaxy together.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittari...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S2_%28sta...

Images (see especially the revealing [drawn?] movie in the first link):
eso.org/outreach/press...
astro.ucla.edu/~jlu/gc/
It's Vaguely-Related Theme Night on Plurib.us!  This guy makes many lists of five things:
5ives.com/

(For the Vague Relation, go see our Rockmusic page.)
Consider buying 5 pounds of Silly Putty.

crayolastore.com/product_detail...
Funny, artists that are not Mirah:
cse.sc.edu/~wrightjb/mira...
MN driver's license numbers are just functions of First, Middle, Last names, Month and Day of birth.  [Works for mine.]

highprogrammer.com/alan/numbers/d...
Local Twin Cities Info Day at Plurib.us!  Why?  Because OUR TWIN CITIES can kick the butt of the Quad Cities, and probably even your wussy "Tri-State Area"!  And we can do it with our oversized mall tied behind our Twin-backs!
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Anyway:  Local, hippish, and semi-pro blog:
mnspeak.com/

Local, less hip, and semi-amateur blog:
minneapolis.metblogs.com/
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Interrobang:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interroba...
WCCO: Minneapolis Man Cited for Dancing In the Streets.

(I play it safe--I don't dance at all, even on my infrequent dance-club visits.)
wcco.com/watercooler/lo...
Long, long ago, my mom taught me a trick: If I have to almost-sneeze,  I just look at a bright light.  I'll invariably sneeze twice.  I always thought this was normal, but it turns out it's from a genetic nerve malfunction.  It's called Photic Sneeze Reflex, and it's reasonably common.

Unfortunately, people with this condition may not fly combat aircraft.  Presumably, I'll still be able to pilot armored subterranean combat-drilling-machines.  (Motto: Drillers Do It Boring!)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photic_sn...
loin.free.fr/john/medical_a...
(via Metafilter.com and Jessica)
Do you care about mathematics theorems?  If you do, (and you should,) here's a list of the top 100 theorems:

personal.stevens.edu/~nkahl/Top100T...
The internet was invented for many reasons, and one of the bigger reasons is demonstrated by this "List of weapons that don't exist, but should." 

A crocodile with crocodiles for limbs?  Grenade filled with shotguns or vice versa?  There's no way I'm going to lose my next imaginary war!

uncyclopedia.org/wiki/List_of_w...
Maakies mystery strip:
maakies.com/archive/m555.h...
Totally surreal video of the Earth recently taken by a Mercury-bound spacecraft.  Real images (especially movies) of the Earth like this are actually quite rare.

spaceref.com/news/viewpr.ht...
I have a new personal bookmarks start page.  Everything that Plurib.us bookmarks was supposed to be, protopage.com does better.  I am a convert.

protopage.com/brianlukis
"This is Not the Title of This Essay," an essay on self-reference.  Very well done.

singlenesia.com/eris/selfres
The Christian Guide to Small Arms:
The most probable scenario that the Christian American, called to fight for God, family, and country, will be presented with is that of the guerrilla resistance. He will be facing an enemy occupational force that will have great superiority in materiel and organization.
The second-most-probable scenario presumably involves a 300-foot-tall athiest dragon.

users.frii.com/gosplow/cgsa.h...
Long ago, I could argue convincingly for each of seven different proofs for the existence of God, as well as for six reasons against.  I have since forgotten most of them, except for "I happen to own a lot of Bibles."  However, I can now present 351 proofs for the existence of God:
79. ARGUMENT FROM PERSONAL SANITY
(1) I've had religious experiences that can't be explained unless I'm insane or God exists.
(2) Therefore, God exists.

260.  ARGUMENT FROM BANANAS
(1) Bananas have many characteristics that make them attractive as primate food.
(2) They're so good that they must have been designed.
(3) Therefore, God exists.
godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof...
Is your high-speed internet connection really all they say it is?  Find out with this fully-featured internet speed inhibitor*:

homeqos.com/

* I am really using this program to see how slow 256kbps really is.
Finally, a magazine which speaks to me!
plurib.us/peterphoto/mag...

(via flagrantdisregard.com/flickr/magazin... )
After the previous hoopla regarding the Kansas School Board's decision to endorse Intelligent Design as an evolution-alternative in textbooks, and the proposition from venganza.org/ to include the Flying Spaghetti Monster as possessing equal responsibility for creation, the fine folks at boingboing.net have made the following bold statement:
We are willing to pay any individual $250,000 if they can produce empirical evidence which proves that Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
boingboing.net/2005/08/19/boi...
I really like food.  It tastes great, and it can sometimes be good for you!  Resources for food are both vast and unreliable, but I have found my new daily food site:

slashfood.com/
More and more, I (and others I know) have been awe-inspired at some of the amazing stuff at wikipedia.org.  Both the breadth, and depth of information (the latter is especially inspiring that the writing style tends to lack bias).  For example, I was re-amazed just today after I found out my great grand parents most likely immigrated from Grodno, Poland.  I looked it up, and they have a year-by-year history of its change of government throughout the existence of the city.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hrodno

(I found out also today that they are making the editorial process a little stricter to prevent increasing abuse.  It's a little sad, but I don't think I mind.)
I've been reading Sun Tzu for a long time.  I should have been keeping a closer eye on his editor:  mcsweeneys.net/links/lists/12...
Ebert's Most Hated
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sometimes, Roger Ebert is exposed to bad movies. When that happens, it is his duty -- if not necessarily his pleasure -- to report them (fairly, accurately) as he sees them. Whether they're so bad they're funny, so bad they're not funny, or so unfunny they're not funny, he must critique them.
rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...
Elevated camera session 2005-08-06:
plurib.us/photo/2005-08-...
Last weekend Peter & I got my camera off the ground again.  --designed, built, & pictures taken all in one day.  (For those counting, it's been over 5 years.)  I wouldn't call these the final products.  But I did do some manipulation (namely, took out color and tweaked contrast), so they aren't straight raw images either.

Digital camera:
plurib.us/photo/air_came...

Fisheye:
plurib.us/photo/2005-07-...

Peter's camera (making of):
plurib.us/photo/air_came...
Now scooters can go where bikes go, in MN.
startribune.com/stories/462/55...
Mitch and Katie are engaged!!!

plurib.us/tuliptime2005/...

Can you stand it?????
The Struggle to Right Oneself: Photographs

skarbakka.com/portfolioNew.h...
Janet Van Haaften
1917-2005
plurib.us/tuliptime2005/...
Pop quiz: Identify the source of each quotation:
1) "I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

2) "Rail as they will about 'discrimination,' women are simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitalism."

3) "You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense, I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist."


1) George Bush, Sr.
2) Pat Buchanan
3) Pat Robertson

From the unfortunately aptly named "The American Taliban"
reandev.com/taliban/
Intriguing prospect of meat grown in labs.

newsdesk.umd.edu/scitech/releas...
Lions free kidnapped girl. (!)
"If the lions had not come to her rescue then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage," he said.

"Everyone ... thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people," Wondimu said.
edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/afr...
An open letter to the Kansas School Board:
I am writing you with much concern after I read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design to be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design..

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

venganza.org/
Butter-sculptures are cliche. Lard is the new medium for clogged-artery art.

bctf.ca/PSAs/BCCASA/BC...
Unfortunately, the traditional symbols for "peace" (and "live long and prosper") are symbols of satanism, witchcraft, and freemasonry. Fortunately, my only external symbol is that of a closed fist.  Boo-yah!

nisbett.com/symbols/peace_...
Corset-piercing.  Not for the faint-of-heart.

snopes.com/photos/bodymod...
Step 1) michaelbach.de/ot/col_rapidAf...

Step 2) Follow the instructions.

Step 3) Wonder if this could be on a t-shirt. 

(via metafilter.com)
South Africa changes the name of its capital city to something more friendly (originally named during the Apartheid after an Afrikaner "hero"), and racist Afrikaners start being vocal.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/afr...
Just had another evening of spot checking the internet.  It's still astonishingly uncategorizable, and a big waste of time.

Your next birthday on other planets:
exploratorium.edu/ronh/age/

Early-rising method that works for at least 1 person:
stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/05/h...

Blank cards, made to be unusual:
unusualcards.com/memories.html

A preposterous sex predictor theory (this is a real news story):
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...
For those of us who spend a lot of time trying to decode what we just wrote, here's a handy guide to improve your handwriting:

paperpenalia.com/handwriting.ht...
Guardian readers have questions.  Luckily, other Guardian readers have answers.

guardian.co.uk/notesandquerie...
Somewhat interesting analysis of American people and their political leanings.  (New, statistical, sociological, but readable.)  I heard a guy talking about this on MPR this morning.

people-press.org/reports/displa...
Finally, an update on FireFox usage stats:

websidestory.com/products/web-a...
A plastic version of 20-questions, with the accumulated brain-power of the eerily accurate 20-questions web site.

gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadget...
Tulip Time in Pella, IA 2005.  The photographic record resides  within:

plurib.us/tuliptime2005/...
Cool QuickTime of Cassini's orbit around Saturn up to 2007.  Note Titan's orbit, and how it alters Cassini's orbit.

saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vid...
Current image of the Earth from a geostationary satellite, updated every 3 hours.  (This is way cool, but it would be so much cooler in color.)

space.com/spacewatch/ear...

And of the Sun (don't look at it directly), updated every 4 hours.

space.com/spacewatch/sun...
Farewell, Sacagawea.

usatoday.com/money/2005-04-...
The wild world of how many spaces to place in between sentences.  (This site goes out of its way to display 2.)

evolt.org/article/Two_Sp...
Before radar, soldiers tried to listen for enemy airplanes with these great gadgets:
dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/COMMS/e...

(via Presurfer)
Idaho House Concurrent Resolution No. 29.  In part:
WHEREAS,  Tina  the  llama,  the  chickens with large talons, the 4-H milk cows, and the Honeymoon Stallion showcase Idaho's animal husbandry; and
WHEREAS, any members of the House of Representatives or the Senate of  the Legislature  of the State of Idaho who choose to vote "Nay" on this concurrent resolution are "FREAKIN' IDIOTS!" and run the risk of having the "Worst Day of Their Lives!"
www3.state.id.us/oasis/HCR029.h...

Sweet!
A world conflict-map for the 20th century.  Kind of scary, really.

nobelprize.org/peace/educatio...
If you have no idea about how they choose a new Pope, you'll probably need this handy chart.

drewmarlowe.com/pictures/brack...
Greatest image of Titan's features yet.  To the eye, Titan is all clouds.  This is taken at a near-infrared wavelength.

saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/ima...
Kids are make random action figures out of random toy-parts.  My inner six-year-old is throwing an envy-inspired super-tantrum.

toy-lab.com/gallery/albums...
Former Newsday reporter  Laurie Garrett's memo to her co-workers about why she left.
The sort of in-your-face challenge that the Fourth Estate once posed for politicians has been replaced by mud-slinging, lies and, where it ought not be, timidity.
  tikkun.org/rabbi_lerner/c...
Among us are persons on the frontier edge of future internet media, which is moving away from streaming, and toward download-and-play.  (You know who you are.)  This article lends a lot of support [network wise] to the argument.  Interesting.

pbs.org/cringely/pulpi...
By the time I was done reading this, I laughed so hard I cried.
zug.com/pranks/credit_...

And there is more where that came from one level up.
zug.com/pranks/
Due to the growing popularity of the original, the streets are teeming with counterfeit Mini Coopers.  Make sure you're not being fooled!

counterfeitmini.org/

And make sure you look at the pictures of confiscated counterfeits, so you know the quality of work we're dealing with!
The multi-tasking loonies at Bible Life Ministries have managed to combine their two great passions, God and meat, into one sweet webpage.
Are Vegetarian Diets Worse Than Terrorists?  Yes! History is beginning to show the deadly results.
The mental paranoia and brainwashing in the vegetarian community are astonishing. Vegetarianism should be classified as a mental disease and an eating disorder.
  And there's way more at the bottom of the page.  In fact, their whole site is kind of awe-inspiring.
biblelife.org/animal_rights....
A little bit of political righteous fury:
To summarize: The Bush Administration claims that a vote for Bush is a vote for the President's right to torture prisoners.  I don't even know what to say.

nybooks.com/articles/17890
George Orwell's plea to retain meaning in the English language, particularly with regard to politics. 
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism., question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.
resort.com/~prime8/Orwell...
I've never really understood anything about the game of cricket.  And, thanks to this explaination using an analogy of pies, all I know about cricket is that the players tend to need more napkins.

coudal.com/writing.php
Lesser-known synonyms for the name of God, from themorningnews.com.
themorningnews.org/archives/stori...
Democracy is kind of a weird thing.  This article discusses its oddities. 
Democracy cannot work without a fair level of political and social stability. This implies a certain amount of political apathy. Anything resembling fanaticism, a domination of the normal internal debate by "activists" is plainly to be deplored. And democracy must accept anomalies.
  nationalinterest.org/ME2/dirmod.asp...

I had this idea that it would be useful for each citizen (especially these days) to come up with a list of actions which would be actually harmful to them (rather than distasteful) and then force political discussions to center on those things.  (article via Arts & Letters Daily)
This Cassini photo of Saturn's rings looks like it was 3D rendered on an N64.
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/ima...
So, maybe everyone already knows something about this, while I just wrote it off as another farfetched Luddite scare.

Strangelets are formed entirely of strange quarks.  They occasionally zip around through space, and apparently, through the Earth.  Unlike neutrinos and other weird particles that fly through planets, strangelets have a noticable effect.  They cause earthquakes.  They're the size of pollen-specks, weigh several tons, and travel at 900,000 mph.  You don't want one to hit you on the head.
telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtm...

What's more, they can theoretically be created in certain particle accelerators, and if that happens, there's a finite chance that they would grow and swallow the planet.  This guy wants you to take legal action against the physicists responsible:
chess.captain.at/strangelets-fa...
Question: If a neutral or negatively charged metastable strangelet (NNCMS) is created, what are the odds that it will cause the destruction of the earth?

Answer: Almost certain.
Awesome.
Ludwig Wittgenstein put together a children's dictionary.  From the preface:
Form vs. Substance!  Cat vs. Dog!
books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/...
Until now, my rockstar aspirations have been limited to either backup bassoon or rhythm-vocals.  But thanks to the Xaphoon, hedonistic superstardom need elude me no longer!
Why own a Xaphoon?
    * It will bring you JOY - Imagine being able to create a sense of community wherever you are - at a bus stop, in a cave, waiting in line, even a parking garage!
  Dang--all you need to find joy is an 18-inch neo-sax!
xaphoon.com/
Mars Express found a frozen lake on Mars.  Next, it will probe for water beneath the ice.  If water is there, that's where future missions will go to look for life.  Could be big.

spaceref.com/news/viewpr.ht...
Cassini just flew by Saturn's Moon Enceladus.  The surface is composed almost entirely of pure water ice.

Check out "Enceladus Mosaic" on Feb 18.
ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/view_event.php...

More fly-by description:
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/press-rel...
When I first saw this flash video, I thought it was good but not anything special.  Since then, I have recurringly wondered why all my friends hadn't seen this (admittedly long) video.  Now I realize it is a classic, but then why haven't I posted it here?  This mystery may remain unanswered, but not unresolved.

"How to kill a Mockingbird"
stanford.edu/~scodary/tkam....
So-pretty-I-still-can't-believe-they-can-be-real pictures of Valles Marineris canyon from ESA's Mars Express orbiter:

antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050217....
esa.int/SPECIALS/Mars_...
Last night in full, unabridged glory, They Might Be Giants performed "Alphabet of Nations" on Conan.  The Johns were posing their eccentric, mighty poses, adorned in suit & tie.  And with Dan on piano, they uleashed their new song, on their new children's album, to the studio audience and everyone watching on TV.  It was a performance not to forget.

And now we can all watch it on the internet:

cheesegod.com/crudpants/ (ctrl-f for "alphabet")
Haiku error messages.  Some of these are great.  Reiterating something from the intro, I like that these have a sad-ish tone, like the messages they deliver.  (via Chris)

archive.salon.com/21st/chal/1998...
I've meant to post this site for months.  It's one of the greatest things I've ever looked at on a weekly basis.  This week's is kind of racy.  Too racy?  Look at last week's.  And the week before. 

Sometimes people make web-art, and you feel like they're your best friends, even though you'll never meet them.
You used that brush for the cat. . .
and ruined my voodoo love spell.
Now every time I pick up the phone, I hear a soft, sad purring.

asofterworld.com/
The country of Bhutan now has a national smoking ban.  Also, it seems like a neat place.
  slate.msn.com/id/2112449/
If you really want to read important philosophy books, but can't seem to think for more than an hour at a time, then Squashed Philosophers is for you.
btinternet.com/~glynhughes/sq...
Minnesota Public Radio launches their new station, with new programing today:

minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services...

Edit: after listening for a day, I am more than exited about this station.  It's a revolution.
The Opportunity rover found a meteorite that landed on Mars.  A first.

antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050121....
jpl.nasa.gov/missions/mer/i...
Our first glimpse ever, from the surface of Saturn's moon Titan:
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/ima...
The Huygens Probe just landed on Saturn's Moon, Titan, this morning with no major malfunctions.  More images, etc. as they come.

space.com/missionlaunche...
While I generally avoid being overly partisan here, this article provides a clearer explanation of why George Bush's re-election struck me as a coffin-nail for meaningful American public discourse.
nybooks.com/articles/17690
My avowed lack of recent posting, the reading of weblogs based on an X-per-day idea, and this martini all combine (stirred, not shaken) to drive this strategy:  Here's a random sentence from whatever book I happen to be thinking about most right now (RSFWBIHTBTAMRN):
Horton is forced to realize that God approaches man, as it were, with two hands.

From _A Layman's Guide to Protestant Theology_ by William E Hordern.
amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...
Some awesome martian terrain, satellite view.
msss.com/mars_images/mo...
I invite anyone who considers CNN a reputable news source to look at this article. 

cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asi...

Never have I wanted to string together so many expletives.
How to build your own wallet out of 20 $1 bills.  Lise the saying goes, you gotta have money to contain money.

moneywallet.org/
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